Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Easy Guacamole

Anyone have the munchies after reading my post from last night? Ha, ha very funny, I know. Especially after it seems I may have scared everyone off with that one. ;p

Anyway, here's a super easy, healthy and delicious recipe for guacamole that you can pull together in a matter of minutes. It's great served as a snack with tortilla chips or alongside any Mexican inspired meal like quesadillas or fajitas.


1 large avocado
1/8 tsp. ground cayenne pepper
1 small clove garlic, smashed
juice from 1/2 lime
kosher salt

Slice avocado in half, around the large pit in the middle and twist the avocado along the cut to separate the two halves. One half will have the pit still stuck in it.

Using a large spoon, scoop out the avocado flesh onto a cutting board, reserving the pit if you don't plan on serving the guacamole right away.

Using a paring knife, cut the avocado into chunks. You can also mash the avocado to make it smoother, but I prefer it chunky.

Add cayenne pepper, garlic, lime juice and stir gently to break up some of the avocado chunks. Season with salt to taste and serve with tortilla chips or alongside your favorite 'south of the border' inspired entree.

Did you know avocados are sometimes called alligator pears?

How do you like to eat avocados?

In the Philippines, avocados are pureed with sweetened condensed milk and served over ice as a milk shake of sorts. I've only had this drink once, and while it may sound strange to those of us who have always lived so far from the equator, let me tell you, it's really delicious. There's a recipe in The Steamy Kitchen cookbook by Jaden Hair (as seen in my last library loot post) that's very similar that I'm dying to try. It even has a shot of espresso in it. MMmm!


  1. Our family could eat our weight in avocadoes. It was one of our son's first words...that and taco.

    We love them! I just go with the fact that they say it causes your brain to get bigger because of all the good fats.

    I'll take that and run.

  2. I am one of the few who does not like avocados. Weird after living in CA for so many years.

    Hope your day is going well!

  3. Oh, man. This looks sooo good. Must make it soon.

  4. Michelle, that is the cutest thing ever that your little guy's first words were avocado and taco!! He's got taste! :D

    Brandy, nah, I think there are a lot of people adverse to avocados. The first time I had guacamole it was pureed and smooth like baby food and I didn't like it. I like it chunky much better. Hope you're having a great day, too! :D

    Angie, make some. It does a body good. :D

  5. I love dipping Tortilla chips into a homemade guacamole with cilantro and a little bit of tomato. When in the mood I would just have a spoonful of plain guacamole or sometimes mixed it with ice cream.

    I remember back then eating avocado for snacks. We would mixed avocado with milk and a little bit of sugar. Sometimes my grandma would add mango into the mix. Might sound weird but somehow I got used to the idea.

  6. Ohhh, I have a guacamole recipe, but it's not as easy as yours :D I'm going to try it though! Just need to go buy ground cayenne pepper :P

    I usually eat my avocados with a spoon and sugar :P I've tried pureed avocado when I was in Vietnam ( I don't know if it had condensed milk though)... but I think I'm too North Americanized to enjoy it ^_^;

  7. I always like to try another version of quac. I have been craving it lately.

  8. I don't like avocados but it does look yummy.

    Thanks for the birthday wish.

    I hope your day was a good one.

  9. I have to confess...I don't like avocado *ducks* It's the texture mainly...but I'm weird like that.

  10. Yum. I am already hungry, and it's only 8 am! Thanks for the recipe. Sometimes, if I'm in a hurry, I mash avocado with salsa. But that sounds waaay better.

    Alligator pears! I'm going to start calling them that!!!!

  11. Okay, this is weird! My husband just bought some Guacamole and said it was horrible. I told him we need to find a recipe and just try to make it. I swear I just had this conversation with him like five minutes ago. I click on your blog and there it is!!!

  12. Hello friends! I've been neglecting my blog in the last week, so sorry to have not responded to your comments sooner.

    Natalie, now that I'm thinking about it, maybe the Filipino version of that sweet avocado drink that my mother-in-law made me was made with avocado, milk and sugar and not the sweetened condensed milk. I can't recall. I just bought another avocado yesterday to make a sweet drink with. It needs a few more days to ripen.

    nath, you can skip the cayenne pepper if you want, or use chili powder instead. I think the sweetened avocado drink definitely has Asian origins. :)

    Hi Rana! :)
    I hope you tried the guacamole recipe! If your kids like it, too, you may want to double the recipe. It disappears quickly!

    Dru, Thank you for stopping by. Hope your birthday was fantastic.

    orannia, there are some foods I don't like because of texture issues, too. Like lox or raw fish. *shivers*

    Carolyn, mashing alligator pears with salsa is a great guacamole short cut! ;)

    Holy guacamole!!!! 11 MORE DAYS!!! *giddy*

    Lori, that is serendipitous, isn't it? ;)
    I hope you try the recipe. It's so easy and yummy! You can easily experiment with little variations until you get the flavor and texture you guys love best. Mash it smoother, add cilantro, diced tomatoes, whatever suits your tastes.

  13. Haha, I just made some guac myself! Yours looks great!!

  14. If any of you would ever like to visit the Philippines, particularly Cebu, visit Vacation Cebu - my friend found it and its worth a visit!!!


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